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  1. 1. #smhe12 Social Media Barriers & Digital Literacy #smhe12
  2. 2. Me easegill Nigel Robertson Waikato University
  3. 3. Intro What I mean by Social Barriers Digital Literacy
  4. 4. What is Social? People Interaction Scale Response time Reach Images courtesy of Anirudh Koul & Giulia Forsythe and a CC license http://www.flickr.com/photos/anirudhkoul/3786725982/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/7196460482/
  5. 5. Age 6 8 Users 140 million 860 million Posts/hour >14 million >77 million Who would have predicted these outcomes?
  6. 6. Or social software being used in education ...
  7. 7. Barriers Perceptual Structural Awareness Image courtesy of Matteo Parrini and a CC license http://www.flickr.com/photos/remuz78/463810013/
  8. 8. Time I haven't got time to learn something new ... Is this valid? Do we have the wrong approach to 'new'? Image courtesy of Jill Clardy and a CC license http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillclardy/5069059182/
  9. 9. Fear "In such a technological age as we are currently living in, I hesitate to put myself “out there” as you so bravely have done. I have received the invitation to try out the LinkedIn system but began to wonder about having all that information floating around the internet. I'm so paranoid and I'm not sure why!" Blog comment A lot of lecturers are entrenched in doing things in a certain way and don't necessarily have the confidence to try and use technology and be prepared to get it wrong. Toothill, J
  10. 10. Pedagogical My existing pedagogy works What possible reason is there to use Twitter?
  11. 11. I see no reason to change Images courtesy of Sam Belknap and a CC license http://www.flickr.com/photos/samuel_belknap/2308071252/
  12. 12. Barriers Perceptual Structural Awareness
  13. 13. Compliance 1. Be relevant to the teaching and learning, research, administration, community engagement, marketing and communication functions as outlined in the Policy ... 2. Be authorised by the head of the relevant organisational unit 3. Meet mandatory content standards. 4. Comply with relevant international standards. 5. Comply with relevant legislation. 6. Comply with policies such as the Visual Standards Policy, and the ICT Services and Facilities Use Agreement (under development). [(Non) Permissive Culture]
  14. 14. Permission Who is allowed to engage with social media? [(Non) Permissive Culture]
  15. 15. Technical Is Facebook blocked? Are you able to install clients e.g. Tweetdeck on your computer? Are the sites you visit monitored and reported on? [(Non) Permissive Culture]
  16. 16. Barriers Perceptual Structural Awareness
  17. 17. Leadership Hands up if you have a VC who tweets regularly Take your hands down if they only tweet marketing things or if someone else writes their tweets for them Where are the models and exemplars for staff to learn from? Where is the leadership?
  18. 18. Pedagogical Few exemplars available Often adopted as a single intervention, not part of developing a personal learning network or digital literacy approach
  19. 19. Digital Literacy What is digital literacy? What is our approach? How does it link to Social Media? Image courtesy of Antony Theobald and a CC license http://www.flickr.com/photos/antphotos/4240266377/
  20. 20. Horizon Report NZ 2011 Digital literacy is a key skill in every discipline and profession Most academics are not using new and compelling technologies for learning & teaching, nor for their own research The abundance of resources & relationships easily accessible via the Internet challenges us to revisit our roles as educators
  21. 21. Digital Literacy "Digital literacy defines those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society" JISC "Digital Literacy is about mastering ideas, not keystrokes" Gilster, 1997 "Digital Literacy is a condition, not a threshold" Martin, 2006
  22. 22. We are all Natives
  23. 23. Digital Literacy Project Developing staff digital literacies Confident & agile This is Lifelong learning critical for our university today
  24. 24. Digital literacy themes Wonder & curiosity Openness Participation Sharing Online identity Safety
  25. 25. What are we doing? "3 before me" Self paced video help Just in time support Explicit help [Permissive culture] Image courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and a CC licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/4246081958/
  26. 26. What are we doing? Engaging senior leadership Digital Literacy workshops Yammer [Permissive culture]
  27. 27. Opportunities Social Media & Digital Literacy Benefits Promote research Personal benefit Professional connection Lifelong learning Collaboration opportunities Active learning Socially constructed learning Learner benefit
  28. 28. Personal Learning Network
  29. 29. Research "..people will download your research if you tell them about it." Nearly 3000 downloads in 6 months over 9 papers (avg 320/paper) Melissa Terras, UCL http://melissaterras.blogspot.ca/2012/04/is- blogging-and-tweeting-about-research.html
  30. 30. Twitter example Authenticity Affordances Image courtesy of Edoardo Costa and a CC license http://www.flickr.com/photos/edo-finelight/4478979206/
  31. 31. Ecosystem approach Blogs YouTube Flickr Bookmarks Twitter Radio
  32. 32. Finally... Be open Participate Share Explore Experiment Be real
  33. 33. End? Stay social, keep sharing @easegill #smhe12 Image courtesy of ryancr and a CC license http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanr/14245503 3